2022 № 7 Dynamics of patient loyalty before and during the COVID-19 epidemic on the example of Children’s Polyclinic
The COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the entire Russian health care system, including a significant impact on both the provision of medical services and the relationship between the doctor, the patient, and patient’s legal representatives. On this basis, the research is interested in issues related to the adaptation of medical organizations to the new working conditions with patients and their legal representatives. Aim of the study: to test long-term monitoring of the NPS Loyalty Index by a simplified methodology in patient’s legal representatives of pediatric polyclinic patients before and during the COVID-19 epidemic. Materials and Methods. The empirical material based on patient legal representative scores (n=22098) collected using the simplified NPS (Net Promoter Score) methodology during the two periods: 14.05.2019 -13.06.2020 and 18.06.2021 – 23.08.2021, as well as comments and predictions from lead outpatient clinic staff (n=19) collected by brainstorming to obtain additional interpretations of dynamics of patient legal representative loyalty index during the periods. The Results. According to the results of the study, the NPS patient legal representatives in pediatric polyclinics has increased significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus
epidemic and after a year was fixed at a level almost one and a half times higher than the values from the first measurement.
According to the initiative group, this growth was due not only to measures taken by the management of polyclinics, but also to cultural and psychological characteristics of the population; when the epidemic is over, the loyalty index of legal representatives of pediatric polyclinic patients is likely to return to its initial values. Conclusions. The use of a simplified method to measure the loyalty level (NPS) of patients and their legal representatives is a rather effective tool. An important condition in this case is to provide feedback to dissatisfied patients and their legal representatives. The professionalism and dedication of the medical staff play and will play a role in ensuring a high level of loyalty regardless of the epidemiological situation.